Local Youth Soccer Star Invited by Chelsea FC to Train, Compete in London as Part of All-Star Team
CLEARWATER - One of Clearwater's best youth soccer players was named to Disney's Soccer Showcase All-Star Team, which will travel to England this summer to compete with teams from across the world.
Wesley Sever, 16, of the Clearwater Chargers' team was among 18 Disney all-stars invited by English Premier League team Chelsea Football Club to train and compete at the club's world-class facilities near London. The All-Star Team, comprised of players from across the United States, will compete in the inaugural Chelsea FC Youth Cup in August 2008.
"We witnessed a very high standard of young American talent during Disney's Soccer Showcase. Through our partnerships with Disney and adidas, we are able to bring these All-Stars to London to train and compete at the Chelsea Academy - which we believe is one of the leading soccer academies in the world. This gives a chance to some of the best U.S. young players to experience competition against other top teams and also demonstrates how football can bring different cultures and nationalities together," said Eddie Newton, Chelsea Academy under 16 team coach.
Players were selected based on their performances at Disney's Soccer Showcase, the premier youth soccer tournament in the U.S.
"These players represent some of the best young talent in America and this rare opportunity to experience one of the leading soccer academies in the world will be invaluable in the development of their soccer careers. This is just one of the many ways players who compete in Disney's Soccer Showcase will benefit from our association with the prestigious Chelsea Football Club," said Mike Millay, Director of Sports Events for Disney Sports Attractions.
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